The vast majority of people in the Western world live in urban regions. In this country, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, 80 percent of American citizens live and work in a city. There’s a lot to love about cities, including your close proximity to everything, walkability, a constant array of entertainment, nightclubs, restaurants, and high employment.
However, there are also a few downsides, including heavy traffic, crowded places of business, considerable congestion, higher crime rates, and air pollution. For some or all of these reasons, many people choose to move to the countryside.
Here are a few reasons you might love living there.
1. Fewer Car Crashes
Fewer lanes, cars on the road, and roadside distractions naturally entail lower car collision rates. In fact, research from the Becker Law Office in Kentucky shows that 64 percent of all collisions in Kentucky occur in urban areas. Safer roadways are something rural residents can definitely enjoy.
2. Gorgeous Scenery
If you’re tired of seeing billboards and flashing lights everywhere you go, it may be time to hightail it to the country. Depending on where you live, the scenery out there may include rolling hills, mountains, fields of green, copses of trees, and maybe a river or two. You can’t help but enjoy the beauty of everyday life in the countryside.
3. Minimal Crime Rates
Outside of urban and suburban areas, crime rates are about a third of what they are in the city. The lower numbers of people tend to attract a safer crowd. Local news reports are typically filled with politics and weather rather than double homicides.
4. Clean Air
Urban pollution is a serious problem. According to the World Health Organization, more than 80 percent of urban areas maintain levels of air pollution that are far above what’s recommended as healthy to breathe. The air is much cleaner and therefore upper respiratory problems are fewer in the countryside.
5. More Mindfulness
Frankly, it’s hard not to be more aware when you’re breathing in clean air, walking through trees, and perhaps lying in fresh, green grass. The smells, sights, and sounds of rural areas all but force you to notice nature and live more in the moment. It’s the perfect way to relax and let your creative juices flow.
6. A Slower Pace
It’s not that your life won’t be busy anymore; you’ll still have work, the kids’ schooling and activities, church obligations, and hobbies to keep you busy. But your surroundings will all but compel a slower pace of life.
There will be fewer cars and people racing to work and fewer activities that tempt and distract you. It’s easier to manage a busy schedule when it’s quiet all around you.
7. No Traffic
Unless you count waiting for cows to cross the road, traffic jams are pretty much absent from the country. Say goodbye to highways-turned-parking lots and drivers zipping in and out of lanes. You’ll have a few four-way stops and yield triangles instead. Much better than traffic jams!
8. Sustainable Living
Although you might see more options for alternative energy in the big city, sustainable living can be easier when you’re off the grid. You can create your own wind and solar power readily enough, grow at least some your own food, and shop locally. When you have fewer options for commercialism, you may have to do your own part to support the world … and what’s wrong with that?
9. Lower Cost of Living
As a rule, it’s significantly cheaper to live in the country compared with the city. For a monthly mortgage of $1,000, you can get a 3,000-square-foot house on three acres of land in rural Iowa, but the same monthly payment might only get you a studio apartment in Boston.
Besides, you’ll probably spend less money when you’re not surrounded by all the modern amenities. Groceries cost less too!
10. Super Nice People
You’ll rarely drive down a country road without seeing other drivers wave as they pass. People are more likely to stop and chat when you ask for directions, and they’ll probably help you at the drop of the hat if you ask. When you’re used to everyone moving past you at high speed, whether at the wheel or on foot, this should be a welcome change.
When the nearest decent-sized city is more than an hour away by country road, people don’t run to the store whenever they need something, because they don’t want to take the time. It requires a certain level of resourcefulness to repurpose, reuse, and recycle to meet your needs.
12. Peace and Quiet
You can’t beat the sounds of rustling leaves and the occasional cricket when you’re drifting off to sleep at night or enjoying your breakfast. It certainly beats the honking, shouting, sirens, and bustle of the city!